The health benefits of red wine have been talked about several times over for some time now.
Many believe that a glass each day is a valuable part of a healthy diet, while others think wine is somewhat overrated.
Research has repeatedly shown that moderate red wine consumption seems to lower the risk of several diseases, including heart disease.
Red wine is made by fermenting dark-colour, whole grapes. It is high in antioxidants, and drinking moderate amounts has been shown to be good for health.
There are many types of red wine, which vary in taste and colour. Common varieties include Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir and Zinfandel.
The alcohol content usually ranges from 12–15%.
The actual colour of the wine can range from intense violet, typical of young wines, through to brick red for mature wines and brown for older red wines.
Consuming moderate amounts of red wine has been shown to have health benefits. This is mainly due to its high content of powerful antioxidants.This antioxidant has been linked to many health benefits, including fighting inflammation and blood clotting, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer
The alcohol in wine is also believed to contribute some of the benefits of moderate wine consumption.
Small amounts of red wine are linked to more health benefits than any other alcoholic beverage
People who drink approximately 150 ml (5 oz) of red wine a day seem to be at about a 32% lower risk than non-drinkers.
However, higher intake increases the risk of heart disease dramatically.
Drinking small amounts of red wine may reduce the risk of heart disease by helping to retain the “good” HDL cholesterol in the blood. Oxidative damage and the oxidation of the “bad” LDL cholesterol may also be reduced by up to 50%
So the watchword is moderation, which is true for almost everything else, a word to the wise is enough. Heed the advise and drink sensibly whether it be red, white or rose and any other drink.
Finally, do not get caught drink driving it is not worth the risk.
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